Sunderland owner Ellis Short joins SAFC Foundation party

Sunderland Footbvall Club owner Ellis Short cutting the SAFC Foundation 10th birthday cake, with choristers singing Happy Birthday at half time during Saturdays match with Chelsea.
Sunderland Footbvall Club owner Ellis Short cutting the SAFC Foundation 10th birthday cake, with choristers singing Happy Birthday at half time during Saturdays match with Chelsea.
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SAFC owner Ellis Short cuts the cake to celebrate 10 years of his club’s invaluable charity.

Celebrations have been held all week to mark the SAFC Foundation’s decade of hard work.

Events got under way at last Saturday’s home game against Chelsea when the club’s American owner took to the pitch to cut the cake.

Since its inception, the Foundation has helped tens of thousands of young people to reach their sporting and learning potential.

Lesley Spuhler, SAFC Foundation, said: “We’re very grateful to Ellis for taking part in our 10th birthday celebrations and would like to extend our thanks to everyone at Sunderland AFC who helped on Saturday and made the anniversary truly memorable.”

Sunderland stars past and present gathered at the ground to mark the birthday, including Marco Gabbiadini who helped out with the Grand in Your Hand half-time lottery.

Choir boys were also on song to help with the celebrations. They will be taking part in a final birthday celebration, a Carols of Light concert at Durham Cathedral on December 8.

SAFC Foundation Trustee Sir Tim Rice is involved in the event which will feature performances and readings from celebrities.

To help the charity further, two Sunderland businessmen are racing in Sunday’s Great North Run. Michael Hodgson, of Michael Hodgson Chartered Surveyors, and Craig Smith, of Quantum Law LLP, who are both corporate members of SAFC Foundation, hope to raise £1,000 between them.

Michael said: “SAFC Foundation is a great charity that does a lot of good work in the local area and we wanted to do our part in supporting them. When the opportunity was offered to us to run the Great North Run and raise money for them it was an easy decision to make.”

Craig added “Our initial intention was to try and raise as much money as possible for the Foundation, but as training’s gone on we’ve become quite competitive and we’ll be aiming to make the route in less than two hours.”

Craig and Michael can be sponsored through their JustGiving pages – www.justgiving.com/CraigSmith01 and http://www.justgiving.com/MichaelSHodgson respectively.

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